I am never shy of attacking social landlords. I will often give both barrels and unashamedly so – yet Weaver Vale Housing Trust was right to evict the 87 year old tenant that has caused such a furore on social media.
I have also just seen here that WVHT are also allowing the tenant back into her property, which is frankly more than she deserves but a major hat tip to the landlord.
No judge would have awarded an outright possession order in such a case unless it was absolutely necessary. The tenant had made her home a significant fire risk and had resisted at every turn requests to make it not so. We also know that her three sons who live with her must have done nothing about this significant fire risk too. We also know that social services were involved in this case too – yet still the district judge awarded an outright possession order.
That simply does not happen unless the facts of the matter warrant (no pun intended) and absolute possession order.
The fact the tenant is 87 years of age is what everyone has their knickers in a twist over. Sorry but a grave fire risk to her neighbours is a grave fire risk whether the tenant was 87 or 27. Imagine if you or your family lived next door to a property that is a tinder box through the hoarding that was evident in this case!
What many are choosing to overlook in this case is what was reported yet conveniently ignored: –
Mark Cashin, deputy chief officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Hoarding certainly is a growing issue for fire and rescue services. “It presents significant risks for individuals, communities and firefighters. “This is not about us telling people how they should live their lives it is about keeping people and firefighters safe, something that we have a responsibility to do.
This matter now appears to have been resolved:
The 87-year-old, and her three sons, met with officials from Weaver Vale Housing Trust on Saturday. They were told they can return to the house on Langford Road, in Lostock Gralam, once it is safe. “We have offered Mrs Appleton an opportunity to return as soon as practically possible,” said trust chief executive Steve Jennings in a statement. “That is subject to the house being made safe and for some items to be placed in storage in line with previous requests made to the family.”
If this 87 year old and/or her three sons had done something about this when they had the opportunity – which they must have been given so many chances to do else the judge would never have awarded an outright possession order in the first place – then this sorry mess which is ALL the fault of the tenant not the landlord would never have happened!
Still nothing as powerful as a picture of an old person and some scurrilous reporting is there!!